Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra had one thing in mind when they started designing their Spring/Summer 2012 collection and that was romance. With their ice-blue Grecian gowns and Georgia O’Keefe-inspired floral prints, we, for one, were wooed completely. Watch their new styles in action in our exclusive video above, and hear what the always stylish-in-plaid designers had to say about their perfectly draped creations.

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ISN’T IT ROMANTIC?

Costello Tagliapietra works with a company called AirDye to digitally print all of its fabrics sans water. Besides being healthier for the planet, the agua- and energy-saving process also enriches textiles with a saturated palette of colors that won’t fade over time. For spring, Costello and Tagliapietra devised a series of floral patterns enveloped in the glow of a warm summer’s day. “It really comes from the AirDye process,” Costello explained. “We really play with the back colors as much as the front colors. That really pops the color a lot.”

Besides being healthier for the planet, AirDye also enriches textiles with a saturated palette of colors that won’t fade over time.

The show was a delightful mix of form-flattering, dramatically draped evening gowns that looked equal parts comfortable and elegant. After the show, we caught up with J. Alexander—also known by adoring fans as Miss Jay—of America’s Next Top Model fame for his impressions of the collection. His answer was simple: “I think women feel comfortable in it,” he said. “It is easy to pack, easy to travel. It is just very, very easy.”

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